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'Skins Scalp Jansen

The Washington Redskins have announced that veteran tackle Jon Jansen has been released.
“This morning, [head coach Jim] Zorn, Vinny Cerrato and I met with Jon,” owner Dan Snyder said in a team-issued statement. “I’ve developed a close relationship with Jon and his family over the last 10 years and I have the utmost respect for him as a person and a player. He has been an important part of our organization for the past decade. We wish Jon and his family the very best.”
Jansen arrived in 1999, as a second-round pick. He has played in 126 games, starting 123 of them.
“Decisions like this are difficult, especially with someone like Jon, who has meant a great deal to our organization and community,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said. “Jon has been a fixture at the right tackle position for the past 10 seasons. He is a tough football player who played through injuries and displayed a great commitment to his teammates and coaches.”
Jansen was under contract through 2011. He was due to earn a base salary of $1.35 million this season. He was scheduled to receive base salaries of $4.35 million in each of the final two years of his contract.
UPDATE:  Aaron Wilson points out that John Clayton of is “reporting” the news, citing “two sources.”  Apparently, one of the “sources” is the release that was issued by the team.  (Pulitzer!)

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17 Responses to “'Skins Scalp Jansen”
  1. SWILPackfan says: May 29, 2009 1:30 PM

    I’ll bet he doesn’t stay unemployed for very long.

  2. apeck says: May 29, 2009 1:34 PM

    I hope the lions pick him up ASAP, pay the current salary, he is worth it.

  3. will_ga says: May 29, 2009 1:37 PM

    Doesn’t this come with a steep cap hit?

  4. cjdevlin says: May 29, 2009 1:48 PM

    This makes no sense, after all the salary cap crap Snyder has done over the year (pushing base salary into signing bonuses) this is going to create dead cap:
    He’s gotta be better than nothing?

  5. GangGreenPhan says: May 29, 2009 1:49 PM

    “Doesn’t this come with a steep cap hit?”
    Dude, it’s the Redskins. I’d be surprised if they knew the cap existed. All their moves seem to completely ignore any cap relevence.

  6. ncpeters says: May 29, 2009 1:56 PM

    I’m surprised they’d let go of someone like Jansen considering his low salary. Even as a backup his leadership would make him a worthwhile member of the team.

  7. empty13 says: May 29, 2009 2:04 PM

    agree, the lions ought to pick him up. he isnt done, by a long shot.

  8. BTD5504 says: May 29, 2009 2:20 PM

    the lions do not need jansen. he cannot hold up for an entire season, and his mobility is nothing close to what it used to be.
    by week 8 last year every team knew the Skins would be running to the left behind Samuels.
    Jansen lost his starting job to freakin Stephen Heyer at one point, an UDFA from Maryland.
    go ahead lions, sign him up!

  9. Mangy66 says: May 29, 2009 2:35 PM

    Is this entire site full of Redskin Haters?
    “I’ll bet he doesn’t stay unemployed for very long.”
    “I hope the lions pick him up ASAP, pay the current salary, he is worth it.”
    F’ing ridiculous. He will stay unemployed. Teams won’t be jumping at a chance to sign him. He hasn’t played a full season without injury in like 5-6 years. He came in out of shape last season, and lost his job to Stephon Heyer. . .Stephon Freakin’ Heyer. He’s lost it. We all saw it when he could no longer stop any left defensive end from getting to the QB…ANY. He’s no longer much of a run-blocker either, which is what prompted the Skins to give the starting job to Heyer last season. Who’s going to sign that?
    And people think the Skins are stupid? They held onto this guy one season too long, to give him another shot (and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the reasoning was out of respect for his hard work and tenure with the team.
    As far as the following comment:
    “Dude, it’s the Redskins. I’d be surprised if they knew the cap existed. All their moves seem to completely ignore any cap relevence.”
    Get some new material. Skins fans are tired of hearing the same ISH for the past 10-12 years. Obviously, they’ve proven to know the Salary cap better than most teams when they continue to avoid “Cap Hell” year after year, and get a team on the field who was 1 game out of the playoffs last season, and made the playoffs 2 out of the 3 years prior to that.
    So STFU please.

  10. bmckay says: May 29, 2009 2:56 PM

    “Dude, it’s the Redskins. I’d be surprised if they knew the cap existed. All their moves seem to completely ignore any cap relevence.”
    Bash Redskin off season moves all that you want, but if you think they aren’t the best team in the NFL at manipulating the cap to their advantage, you probably live in a state without an NFL team.

  11. Welsh Gator says: May 29, 2009 2:58 PM

    Two sources, eh. It seems to be the same bogus source dropping going on repeatedly. Just recently ESPN had sources saying Cathales was going to play BB in Greece. I believe those sources, Nick, his father and Billy Donovan, had released the information earlier.

  12. Copious 1 says: May 29, 2009 3:05 PM

    Amen Mangy66!! You can criticize them all you want, but they mange the cap better than a ton of other teams. I mean…they could be the Bucs who have millions in cap space, 6 quarterbacks, and a date with front row seats to watch the playoffs.

  13. SFENDER says: May 29, 2009 3:16 PM

    It was time. Good career, now its time to open a car dealership. Maybe a Japanese dealer would be best. How about Jon Jansen Honda.

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 29, 2009 3:31 PM

    The second source was Chris Landry.

  15. bwnyc says: May 29, 2009 3:35 PM

    It’s bad enough that we have to put up with the “Redskins” as a moniker and a government that silently condones it, but can we please avoid titles that are also offensive?

  16. thefishwrap says: May 29, 2009 3:48 PM

    SFENDER: Jon was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. I’m sure he’d open a Ford dealership before he opened a Honda one..
    Either way, he is a smart guy. And smart guys don’t open car dealerships today.

  17. smiley says: May 29, 2009 4:27 PM

    Thank you to Big Jon. He was a true Redskin. We’ll miss you. Hail!

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